Thanks for the information. I wonder when Regina finally stopped making the 3 speed freewheels? Could they have continued to make them specifically for "town" bikes and kids' racing bikes even into the '60s and '70s? Or when I saw those bikes, was it more a matter of people using old parts on the racing bikes devoted to children? After all, how many gears does a 10 year old "student racer" actually require?
Fred Rednor - Arlington, Virginia (USA)
> I'm reasonably sure they go back quite a bit earlier.
> If we look at the older literature you will see 3-sp clusters
> being used
> back into the '30's.
> The Regina cluster is Italy's answer to the Sturmey-Archer
> hub. Many adult
> and going on down in wheel size had these clusters and a
> simple derailleur
> for low-medium-high gear. They often used 3/32 width cogs so
> you could use
> 1/8 or 3/32 chains. Most bikes had an abbreviated chainguard
> wide enough in
> the rear to accommodate the lateral movement.
> The internal hub just didn't catch on in Italy and other
> This cluster is a stock item, albeit a little out of date
> now. If you want
> to use something like this you will have to experiment
> somewhat on
> derailleur and chain interface and clearance with the shift
> compatability so
> it works nice and smoothly.
> Hope this helps a little.
> Ted Ernst
> Palos Verdes Estates, CA
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Fred Rafael Rednor" <email@example.com>
> To: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Sent: Wednesday, September 21, 2005 7:48 AM
> Subject: Re: [CR]Regina Corsa 3 speed block question
> > Peter,
> > This is just a guess - but I wonder if this is from the
> > or '70s and was intended for use with a child's racing
> bike? I
> > saw a number of those bikes in Italy at that time. You've
> > probably seen a number of them, too, in England. The ones
> > saw looked like miniature adult racing bikes but lacked a
> > derailleur and had fewer gears in the rear.
> > I never took notice of the spacing on the freewheel
> > sprockets but perhaps these were left wider than normal
> > a child would not be expected to be as dextrous with the
> > shifters as an adult?
> > Cheers,
> > Fred Rednor - Arlington, Virginia (USA)
> > --- Peter Brown <email@example.com> wrote:
> >> A fellow V-CC member has shown me a Regina Corsa 3 speed
> >> 3/32nd
> >> freewheel hub that I have not seen before. There is a
> >> of it at
> >> http://ntlworld.photobox.co.uk/
> >> be all
> >> original, although the spacing between the sprockets is
> >> than I
> >> would have expected to find on a 4 or 5 speed hub. Can
> >> anyone please
> >> tell me anything about this hub, particularly what period
> >> was from,
> >> and if it was designed for any special application.
> >> Peter Brown. Lincolnshire. England
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